Patton, Thome nearing return from injury rehab

Patton, Thome nearing return from injury rehab

SEATTLE -- Reliever Troy Patton (right ankle sprain) was slated to throw off a mound on Tuesday in a rehab game at the team's fall instructional league in Sarasota, Fla., and could rejoin the team as early as Wednesday in Seattle.

In a perfect world, the Orioles would like Patton, who last pitched in a big league game on Aug. 12, to make back-to-back appearances and be stretched out to go more than an inning, but manager Buck Showalter said the club would wait and see how Tuesday went before mapping out a schedule.

"We are hoping at the worst we get him in Boston [next weekend]," he said of Patton. "And Jimmy [Thome] hopefully right behind him."

Thome, who has been rehabbing back from a herniated disk in his neck, was hoping to hit Tuesday and Wednesday in instructional games.

"They were part of some good things, that we'd like to take advantage of again," Showalter said of the possibility of having Patton and Thome back. "So, it would help anytime but this time of year, it's as many bullets as you can arm yourself with. It'd be two guys we know are capable of helping us."